Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder, resulting in sustained low weight and marked decrease in fat mass. Interleukin 6 (IL-6) may play a role in appetite, energy expenditure and body weight control. IL-6 acts through binding with membrane receptor (IL-6R) and activates glycoprotein 130 (gp130) signalling. Both IL-6R and gp130 are present in the blood in the soluble forms (sIL-6R and sgp130 respectively). sIL-6R sensitizes cells towards IL-6, whereas sgp130 inhibits gp130 signalling.